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Sour Cream Coffee Cake and a Birthday Giveaway!

August 13, 2012

I can’t believe I’m writing this, but this week, Espresso and Cream turns 3! It’s amazing (and a little cringe-worthy) to look back at posts from three years ago and think about all the life that has been lived and documented on these pages in the past three years. When I started writing this little blog, I was getting ready to enter my senior year in college and unsure what I was going to do after graduation. I’ve since graduated, gone through a season of uncertainty with my career, landed a full time job, dated and married my husband, added a furry member to our family and eaten a lot of amazing food along the way. To all of you who have been reading, especially those who were reading when I didn’t think anyone was during those beginning months, thank you! Your e-mails, tweets and comments make blogging so much fun and I’ve made so many great friends along the way.

In celebration of three years of blogging, I’ve baked you a cake. A coffee cake to be exact. And what goes better with coffee cake than a $100 J. Crew gift card, right? It probably comes as a surprise to no one that I have an undying love for J. Crew, and as fall approaches I thought some of you might be looking to add a few new items to your wardrobe. The giveaway is open between now and Thursday, August 16th at 10 p.m. and I’ll be announcing the winner on Friday.
You have two chances to enter:

1. Leave a comment below telling me what you’re looking forward to most about this fall.
2. Tweet about the giveaway (and leave a separate comment telling me that you Tweeted about it)

A week ago, Joe asked if I would mind making a coffee cake for him to have with breakfast sometime soon. I couldn’t remember the last time I made a coffee cake, and I don’t think there is a recipe on the site, so I was more than happy to oblige. Turns out, I found it incredibly hard to find a basic coffee cake recipe in any of the cookbooks I own. Eventually, I found this recipe from Ina Garten for her sour cream coffee cake. It’s a basic recipe, which is exactly what Joe requested, with a cinnamon sugar streusel in the center and atop a moist sour cream cake. I would make this cake again in a heartbeat, as a casual treat for Joe or to share with company. Though if it were up to me, I might stir some fresh raspberries into the batter for an extra kick.

The Barefoot Contessa’s Sour Cream Coffee Cake
From All Cakes Considered by Melissa Gray

Ingredients
For the Cake:
*1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
*1 1/2 cups sugar
*3 extra-large eggs
*1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
*1 1/4 cups sour cream
*2 1/2 cups cake flour
*2 teaspoons baking powder
*1/2 teaspoon baking soda
*1/2 teaspoon salt
For the Streusel
*1/4 cup light brown sugar
*1/2 cup all-purpose flour
*1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
*1/4 teaspoon salt
*3 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
*3/4 cup chopped almonds, walnuts or pecans

Instructions
*Preheat oven to 325Β°F. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan. Set aside.
*Cream together the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment for 4 to 5 minutes, until light and fluffy.
*Add the eggs, one at a time, then add the vanilla and sour cream.
*In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture to the batter until just combined. Finish stirring with a spatula to be sure batter is completely mixed.
*For the streusel, place the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt and butter in a bowl and pinch together with your fingers until it forms crumbs. Mix in the nuts, if desired.
*Spoon half the batter into the pan and spread it out with a spatula. Sprinkle with 3/4 cup streusel. Spoon the rest of the batter in the pan, spread it out and scatter the remaining streusel on top. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean.
Madison’s Note: I didn’t have a 10-inch tube pan so I used a 9-inch deep-sided springform pan. I had to bake it for a little longer (maybe 70 to 75 minutes) and the center sunk a bit, but it still tasted great!

Happy Baking!
MadisonΒ 

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248 Comments

  • Reply Ashley Eden August 13, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    This Fall I am most looking forward to my wedding (yeay!) that will be in Central Florida late September. I am so excited to have found the love of my life! I know this will be a memorable year for both of us!

  • Reply Michaelson5 August 13, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Making pumpkin bars!

  • Reply Justine Lorelle August 13, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Boots, rights, and pumpkin-flavored everything. Same things I look forward to every fall πŸ˜‰

    Happy blog-iversary!

  • Reply Ashley Eden August 13, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    My tweet at ashleyeden84: One of the best food blogs out there! Sour Cream Coffee Cake and a Birthday Giveaway! http://espressoandcream.com/2012/08/sour-cream-coffee-cake-and-a-birthday-giveaway.html

  • Reply Gabby Bladdick August 13, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Congrats on the blog birthday, lady!

    This post comes at a good time – I just created an entire list of the things I am looking forward to most this fall! Fall is by-far my absolute favorite season! Out of all of the things that I love about it, I think my very favorite is simply the clothing options – comfortable sweaters, jeans, boots (!) and dressy scarves. I love it!

  • Reply Courtney August 13, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    So excited about cozy sweaters and boots for fall! Happy blog birthday too, of course! πŸ™‚

  • Reply kim@Hungryhealthygirl August 13, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    I know if it’s from Ina, it’s got to be good and it looks amazing! I’m looking most forward to sweaters, jeans, boots, and pumpkin {of course}l. Happy 3 year anniversary!!

  • Reply Gabby Bladdick August 13, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Tweet from me! https://twitter.com/gabb_b/status/235008470334722048

  • Reply CupcakesOMG! August 13, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    omg, wow!!! 3 years is such an accomplishment–my blog turned 3 a couple weeks ago. I completely ignored it, but it’s definitely no small feat!! happy blog-thday!

    and p.s. i totally have my eye on the sequined chevron tee from j.crew so this giveaway is perfect!!!!

    CupcakesOMG!

  • Reply Mommoscakes August 13, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    What I look forward to the most is baking fall treats and especially persimmon cookies. My family loves anything with pumpkin and spice and we love hot apple cider or wassil
    mommoscakes@gmail.com

  • Reply Natty McGlynn August 13, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Morning Madison, Thanks for sharing yourself and your blog for 3 years now!

    I would *love, love* to win this sweet giveaway from J. Crew. What I’m most looking forward to this fall is a sweet road-trip down the Pacific Coast Highway with my husband, and taking lots of hikes through the many National Parks in Oregon.

    Fingers crossed,
    Natalie McGlynn

  • Reply Amanda O. August 13, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Pumpkin anything!

  • Reply Rachbarnes August 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    I’m sooooo excited for the cooler weather and wearing scarves!

  • Reply Lindsay Adeyiga August 13, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    So fun!! Would love to win this πŸ™‚

    I am most looking forward to walking the dog without sweating like crazy πŸ™‚ and all the fall colors and flavors!

  • Reply Lindsay Adeyiga August 13, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Tweeted πŸ™‚

  • Reply Blaircurley August 13, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Fall baking, boots, sweaters and everything pumpkin!!!!!

  • Reply Molly Adams August 13, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I am looking forward to being able to layer clothes and football!

  • Reply Lindsey August 13, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I’m most looking forward to the cooler weather and beautiful leaf colors.

  • Reply Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray August 13, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    This fall, I’m most looking forward to starting grad school–buying notebooks and reading new books and just generally getting to be a student again. Hooray! πŸ˜€

  • Reply Hilary August 13, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Congratulations on three years, that’s awesome!!

    This fall I am looking forward to transferring to the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities and starting my junior year and my path in their journalism school. It will be a fun new adventure that will hopefully lead me into the career path that I am hoping for! I have a lot ahead for me this fall and I can’t wait to get started!

    The J. Crew gift card would be an execellent wardorbe addition for my new beginnings!

    -Hilary

  • Reply Retha Hase August 13, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    that cake looks delicious! I’m looking forward to crisp fall days that are great for hiking and running! I really am looking forward to trading in my flip flops for boots – but not too soon tho as I don’t want to wish away summer!

  • Reply Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray August 13, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    And I tweeted. πŸ™‚ Happy blog birthday! And this cake looks deeeeelish. I love coffee cake.

  • Reply Emily Milligan August 13, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    I am looking forward to chilly days and nights, apple picking, playing in the leaves with my boys.

  • Reply Hilary August 13, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Here is one of my tweets about your 3 years!!
    https://twitter.com/hilarygib

  • Reply Emily August 13, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    I am looking forward to chilly days and nights, apple picking, and playing in the leaves with my boys.

  • Reply Kristin Graybeal August 13, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Looking forward to making hot soups again (it’s just not the same in the summer when it’s hot) and the crisp, clean chilly air of the Pacific NW! And visiting the local farms to pick out pumpkins, seeing the plants and trees transition, and visiting family for holidays. The list goes on… fall is probably my favorite season.

  • Reply Andrea Baran August 13, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    I absolutely love fall! I can’t wait for cider, soups, corn mazes and pumpkin patches!

  • Reply Lindsay C. Moore August 13, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Happy Birthday Esspresso and Cream!! Apparently we share a birthday — I’m the big 2.5. today and I guess officially an adult as much as I try to fight it… πŸ™‚

    Congrats on all of your successes over the past 3 years!

    This fall, I’m looking forward to 1. being a newlywed during football season so I can bring my hubby to watch the Dawgs play and sleep in the same hotel room without my rents giving us the stink-eye, 2. fall foliage, 3. cinnamon and nutmeg flavored everything, 4. apples, 5. boots and j.crew clothes {for real, I would say that without learning of this awesome giveaway :)}

    P.S. one of our 4th of July guests made Ina’s cream cheese coffee cake and it was SO good – almost like a cross between cheese cake and coffee cake…I aint complainin’!

  • Reply Jen August 13, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    wearing cozy sweaters and drinking hot coffee!

  • Reply caity g. August 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    I’m excited for fall because of cooler weather and fall football games! Congrats on 3 years!

  • Reply Lindsay K August 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    I’m most looking forward to going on my yearly apple-picking trip at a nearby apple orchard. Fall is my favorite season, though, so I’m really looking forward to just about all the beautiful season has to offer!

  • Reply Elizabeth August 13, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    I am most looking forward to my wedding!!

  • Reply Melissa J August 13, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Blazers, Boots, pumpkin spice lattes and cider!

  • Reply Lindsay C. Moore August 13, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    I tweeted about your giveaway @JALOrganic!

    AWESOME birthday giveaway from @MadisonHofmeyer on Espresso and Cream today! J.Crew gift card just in time for fall…

  • Reply AmandaD August 13, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I’m looking forward to new leather boots, leggings and football!

  • Reply KMR August 13, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I’m looking forward to a new pair of riding boots!

  • Reply Hanna Peterson August 13, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Crisp, cool air and Cyclone football!

  • Reply Jessica Laake August 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I’m looking forward to sweaters, pumpkin bars and football (just to name a few). Fall is my favorite season!!

    Congrats on 3 years!

  • Reply Hanna Peterson August 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Crisp, cool air and Cyclone football!

  • Reply Katie R August 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Cooler temperatures and planning my wedding!

  • Reply Elizabeth August 13, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    I have some fab twitter friends who will be very pleased to see that tweet!

  • Reply Jessica Laake August 13, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Tweeted! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Heather McGregor August 13, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I love the fall so much!!! This year I am looking forward to cool temps and apple picking!!

  • Reply Angharad August 13, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Wow. Happy bday Espresso and Cream! Fall = chunky scarves and boots. I think that’s plenty to be excited about!

  • Reply Molly K August 13, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Very cool! I am looking forward to cooler weather. Of course that won’t be here until November. But I can’t wait!!!

  • Reply Shannon August 13, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Layering clothes and “fall baking” (aka anything with pumpkin!)!

  • Reply Emily Rasmussen August 13, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Happy birthday E&C! I’m excited for harvest time so my hubby can make great wine – and to wear my Hunter Wellingtons when the rain starts.

  • Reply Megan August 13, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Fall is my favorite season and I’m so excited for the leaves to change and for comfy layering clothes. Most of all I’m just ready for cooler weather because I have a tendency to sweat… a lot.

  • Reply Mindy August 13, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Happy 3 years to you and your blog. I love reading your posts! I am most looking forward to drinking pumpkin pie spiced lattes this Fall! A cute J. Crew cardigan would look great with my latte in hand πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Mindy August 13, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    I tweeted! https://twitter.com/MindayyyLord/status/235027594628718592

  • Reply Maureen August 13, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Congratulations on your milestone. Yeah!

    This fall I am looking forward to cooler temps. It has been so very hot and humid this summer. I was wilting.
    I love the Fall clothing too and the football games.

  • Reply Kristen August 13, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Pumpkins and winter squash!

  • Reply Bettina August 13, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Happy 3rd Birthday!

    I’m looking forward to my twins’ first birthday in October.

  • Reply Ashley P August 13, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Apple picking- and all the yummy things you can make with the apples.

  • Reply Carolynlb August 13, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Congratulations on the blog turning 3. It is one of my favorites and I feel like I “know” someone famous because I saw you on Rachael Ray !! πŸ™‚ For Fall, I am most looking forward to baking. While my summers get busy and temps rise I just do not have the time or desire, but when Fall rolls around I love lazy weekends and trying new recipes to bake. I would really like to be baking this Fall in a new J.Crew outfit! Ha. Have a great day!

  • Reply Chelsy Ethridge August 13, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Congrats! I am looking forward to big cozy sweaters, for sure! Oh, and Thanksgiving πŸ™‚

  • Reply Chelsy Ethridge August 13, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I tweeted about the giveaway!

  • Reply Sarah D August 13, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Congrats Madison! I’m looking forward to going for long runs – I love the sound of crunching dry leaves πŸ™‚

  • Reply Christin Oien August 13, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Happy 3rd Birthday Espresso and Cream! I love the inspiration in your blog and the realness you present to your readers whether its about food, no fat talk, or fashion. This fall I am looking forward to crunching leaves, cool nights, sweatshirts, football, and fall parties!

  • Reply Kristen B August 13, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Fall is my favorite season! I love college football, cider mills, and fall fashion. I am most looking forward to our trip to Europe to celebrate our first anniversary!

  • Reply Jess Lokhorst August 13, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Cinnamon in everything!! Wrapped up in a scarf and sweater holding my beloved coffee by a morning campfire!

  • Reply Jess Lokhorst August 13, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Just sent some twitter love your way!!

  • Reply emily @ Livinglongfellow August 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    I’m most excited about fall drinks-cider, chai, cocoa, pumpkin lattes. dying in excitement!

  • Reply Neena August 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Pumpkin pie and watching the leave change colors! I look forward to both every fall!

  • Reply Anna K. August 13, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Happy Birthday E&C! I am looking forward to jeans and sweaters and baking apple pie with freshly picked apples!!

  • Reply Callie Wahl August 13, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    I am most excited for the Apple Orchard!!!!!!

  • Reply Callie Wahl August 13, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Tweeted!

  • Reply Krisla August 13, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving!

  • Reply Krisla August 13, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Tweeted! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kellirolfes August 13, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Happy Birthday Espresso and Cream!

    I’m most excited about wearing boots with leggings, apple cider, crunching leaves while I walk around my neighborhood, pumpkin patches, and warm, cinnamon smells!

  • Reply Corey August 13, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    So excited for boots and tights in the fall!

  • Reply Cindy A. August 13, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Thank you so much for offering such a fun and generous giveaway. Fall is my absolute favorite season! I always look forward to the changing leaves, seasonal scents and Halloween.

  • Reply Alaine August 13, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    I am most looking forward to being able to take walks outside without it being 100 degrees!
    family74014 at gmail dot com

  • Reply Alaine August 13, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    i tweeted about the giveaway
    family74014 at gmail dot com

  • Reply Cindy A. August 13, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Tweeted!

    https://twitter.com/normawatson/status/235040556244422656

  • Reply Jessica Crawford August 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Football and cooler weather!

  • Reply Rachel R August 13, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I cannot wait for fall! Scarves, boots, crock-pot meals, anything and everything made with pumpkin and best of all, the start of football season! This time of year cannot be beat πŸ™‚
    Happy Blog-iversary!

  • Reply Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 13, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I love fall clothes! So, that is what I’m looking forward to πŸ˜€

  • Reply Rachel R August 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I also tweeted! https://twitter.com/rachelerodney/status/235044930517610496

  • Reply UrbanWife August 13, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Happy Blog Birthday! It’s been so fun to read along your journey the past few years. This fall, I’m looking forward to college football (Go Gators!), lots of birthdays, our wedding anniversary and hopefully much COOLER weather. Thanks for the generous giveaway! I love j.Crew lots.

  • Reply Danielle C. August 13, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I can not wait for Fall….because there is football, hot apple cider, pumpkins, pie, Apple Hill, wine, fall clothes and cuddle weekends.

  • Reply Sarah August 13, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Happy birthday, Expresso and Creme! I am an avid reader and love everything from the recipes to your fashion! Every fall, I look forewarn to football, long sleeves, chili, and all things apple and pumpkin!

  • Reply Courtney August 13, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Living in a desert-like climate, I’m looking forward to cooler temps. And, most of all pumpkin…yes, pumpkin everything!

  • Reply Julianna August 13, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Happy 3 year blog birthday! I absolutely love reading your blog and really enjoy trying out your recipe. I’m looking for an excuse to try the tofu mint chocolate pie.

    What I’m looking forward to this fall- Scarves, apple cider, pumpkin everything, blazers, and beautiful fall leaves.

    Such a generous giveaway, thank you!

  • Reply lauraw August 13, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    boots and apples being in season!

  • Reply Jamie August 13, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    i’m looking forward to a break from the heat & humidity!

  • Reply cherielisabeth August 13, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    I am looking forward to seeing the leaves change colors and wearing sweaters and boots again!

  • Reply Lauren at Keep It Sweet August 13, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Cake + money to jcrew, what more could we ask for? πŸ™‚ I’m looking forward to the fresh cool air and eating loads of pumpkin and apples! Happy blog bday!!

  • Reply Michelle M August 13, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    I’m looking forward to cooler temps and pumpkin everything1

  • Reply Jfaith45 August 13, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    I’m looking forward to football, sweatshirts, apples, pumpkins, scented candles, and beautiful maple leaves.

  • Reply Lindsay Healey August 13, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Fall always makes me very nostalgic and I love everything about fall except the winter that comes after. I most look forward to the food and fashion, and also the beautiful scenery when the leaves change.

  • Reply kacey August 13, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    i’m looking forward to the cool, crisp fall air…and pumpkin spice lattes.

  • Reply Rachel Clemens August 13, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    so fun…happy birthday! pumpkin, college football, and boots–and most everything else fall:)

  • Reply katie August 13, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    happy birthday! very excited for college football, sweater weather, and pumpkin everything.

  • Reply Aeamathis August 13, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Chambray! And leopard!

  • Reply Meghan August 13, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Williams Sonoma has this amazing pumpkin bread mix that I look forward to buying and eating every year! And of course football, gumbo and less humidity are more reasons to love fall!

  • Reply Ka August 13, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Everything apple and pumpkin, less humidity, and my birthday!

  • Reply manda August 13, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    I have a birthday a week from today and this giveaway would make it extra special. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Melissa August 13, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    I’m so excited for cooler weather and football season !!

  • Reply Mandi August 13, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Cooler weather and pumpkin spiced lattes!

  • Reply Stacy Lane August 13, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    I am most looking forward to chilly weather; this summer has been SO HOT!

  • Reply Stacy Lane August 13, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    And I tweeted at you πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kate August 13, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    One of my best friends is getting married this Fall and I can’t wait! The only thing that could make it better would be a new dress!

  • Reply Rachel @ The Avid Appetite August 13, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Happy blog birthday!! What an exciting milestone πŸ™‚ It’s so fun to see how things change over time. This coffee cake looks unreal! As for fall? I can’t wait for cool breezes, sweaters, boots and pumpkin!

  • Reply Alex Meyer August 13, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    This fall, I’m looking forward to wearing boots again! I love boots of all types, but just can’t do it with this nasty Iowa weather. It’s too hot!

  • Reply Alex Meyer August 13, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    I also tweeted :).

  • Reply Kelly August 13, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Just found your blog and am loving it – happy 3 years! πŸ™‚ I’m most looking forward to fall food, of course, and wearing tall boots with everything!

  • Reply Stacey August 13, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Happy 3rd Birthday! How exciting to see how an idea has come to fruition for you! Fall is my favorite season. Every year I look forward to bulky sweaters, boots, caramel apples, apple orchards, and pumpkin carving.

  • Reply Mandy Baker August 13, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    What a great giveaway! I love EVERYTHING about fall in Michigan! The crisp air, cozy clothes, yummy warm drinks, beautiful colors, and my daughter’s first day of preschool. And maybe some new J Crew clothes πŸ™‚

  • Reply Erika August 13, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Happy 3rd birthday! I’m making this coffee cake tonight. πŸ™‚

    I can’t wait for fall! I got married last month, but work has been crazy for us both since the wedding, so we haven’t seen each other enough recently. So I’m looking forward to really enjoying our first months of marriage and getting away for a couple weekends together!

  • Reply Amanda Thompson August 13, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    FOOTBALL!!!!

  • Reply clkeller August 13, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Starting my teaching career!

  • Reply Alina August 13, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    I’m looking forward to cold weather, cute clothes and Homecoming! πŸ™‚ I LOVE fall and I can’t wait till it comes!

  • Reply Kara August 13, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    I’m looking forward to my wedding πŸ™‚

  • Reply Chelsey L Altena August 13, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    So much to be thankful for and look forward to this fall! I just got married and I can’t wait to spend our first fall (our favorite season) in our new home and new city! Also, I found out this morning that I will be teaching first grade in the fall… My first full time job!!

  • Reply Giovanna August 13, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    I’m looking forward to baking fall treats – using Pumpkin, Pecans, and Salted Caramel for the first time in MONTHS!!

  • Reply natalie@thesweetslife August 13, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    loved all your vacation pics–so glad you guys had fun! πŸ™‚

    i’m looking forward to trips to NYC & Napa, and my sister’s wedding!

  • Reply Sarah Vetter August 13, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    I am most looking forward to pumpkin spice soy lattes from Starbucks! And boots. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Cellabella August 13, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I’m looking forward to the weather getting cooler and being able to bake more (since it’s too hot to turn an oven on right now πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Andrea August 13, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Happy Birthday E&C! I’m most excited to meet our new baby boy in October! Life as we know it will change

  • Reply Brindi B August 13, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Football!!!!!!!! oh, and cobbler πŸ™‚

  • Reply Katie August 13, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    I’m so ready for the cooler weather!

  • Reply Kellie August 13, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    I am looking forward to carving a pumpkin!!

  • Reply Natalie Erali August 13, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    this fall i plan to make an apple pie from scratch (including crust) for the first time. it will be an adventure. also, i can’t wait to wear scarves again!

  • Reply Sarah Erickson August 13, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Buying new gel pens for school- nerdy? I know. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sarah Erickson August 13, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    I don’t have a twitter account, but Kurt is doing it for me!

  • Reply Libby Luecke August 13, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    I am so ready for cardigan weather (even better if the cardigan is from J. Crew)

  • Reply katherine d August 13, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    i’m looking forward to NFL football and beginning my internship

    katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Reply Laura S August 13, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    I’m looking forward to all things pumpkin and the amazing number of recipes I can count on you to inspire me with!

  • Reply Kammie @ Sensual Appeal August 13, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    I’m most looking forward to cuddling πŸ™‚ and the rain, and pumpkins… just cuddles

  • Reply Kammie @ Sensual Appeal August 13, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    I tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/xokammie/status/235134377707847680

  • Reply Abby August 13, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    happy blog birthday! and fall is definitely my favorite season….wearing layers, college football, and apple orchards are what I’m looking most forward to!

  • Reply Natalie August 13, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    favorite thing about fall: it’s cool enough that I can leave the windows open and be 100% comfy in a sweatshirt and jeans. delicious weather! (and this coffee cake looks just as delicious)

  • Reply Natalie August 13, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    andddd, I tweeted (with the link, and a mention of you!).

  • Reply MJ Moore August 13, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    I can never decide what I look forward to most about Fall: wearing boots or baking all day!

  • Reply Kayla August 13, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    I’m most looking forward to: pumpkin spice candles, boots, scarves, and fresh air! Also to my son being able to play in the leaves. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kayla August 13, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Also, tweeted! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Colleen @ Miss Petite Sweets August 13, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    I’m most looking forward to baking with pumpkin, apples & all those delicious fall ingredients!

  • Reply Katie Stiegemeier August 13, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    I’m most looking forward to apple picking, pumpkin pie, and cozy afternoons watching football!

  • Reply Jenny Lee August 13, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    I can’t wait to be done with my board exam! And celebrate with a yummy treat πŸ™‚

  • Reply Ash August 14, 2012 at 12:04 am

    I’m looking forward to crisp fall air.

  • Reply Amanda Shaff August 14, 2012 at 12:24 am

    I’m looking forward to football cuddles with my fiance!

  • Reply Mary M. August 14, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Sweatshirts and ISU football!!

  • Reply Cassandra August 14, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Honestly, I’m looking forward to the start of my college career! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Mary M. August 14, 2012 at 12:38 am

    I tweeted!

  • Reply Elizabeth Mickle August 14, 2012 at 12:48 am

    Looking forward to morning walks with our little one as the leaves change colors!

  • Reply Kristi August 14, 2012 at 12:57 am

    wearing all my scarves again…I love scarves πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kristi August 14, 2012 at 12:58 am

    and I tweeted πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jane August 14, 2012 at 1:36 am

    I’m looking forward to traveling to volunteer in Cambodia with my best friend! I won’t get to enjoy the beautiful New England foliage and weather, but I think it’ll be worth it!

  • Reply Rachael August 14, 2012 at 1:38 am

    i am most excited for all pumpkin type food and drinks…mmmm pumpkin spice lattes!

  • Reply Ashton August 14, 2012 at 1:39 am

    I’m looking forward to crisp, cool days, lots of outdoor activities, college football, and homemade apple confections!

  • Reply Michelle August 14, 2012 at 1:50 am

    I’m looking forward to wearing my new boots!

  • Reply Emily August 14, 2012 at 2:00 am

    warm apple crisp and cinnamon ice cream

  • Reply Samantha August 14, 2012 at 2:02 am

    I am so looking forward to the weather! Love the boots!

  • Reply Kristin Twigg Darhower August 14, 2012 at 2:11 am

    I’m looking forward to my husband coming home from his deployment!

  • Reply michelle August 14, 2012 at 2:26 am

    I’m looking forward to wearing lofters, riding boots, and combat boots

  • Reply michelle August 14, 2012 at 2:26 am

    tweeted
    https://twitter.com/mw2314/status/235200550076022784

  • Reply Ashli August 14, 2012 at 2:34 am

    I’m looking forward to cooler weather and crunchy leaves.

  • Reply Rachel August 14, 2012 at 2:38 am

    I can’t wait to make homemade applesauce!

  • Reply Amanda August 14, 2012 at 3:06 am

    I can’t wait for apples to arrive at the farmer’s market

  • Reply Marilyn August 14, 2012 at 3:25 am

    Blue Bunny Cinnamon Ice Cream on warm apple pie.

  • Reply Angela Bomgaars August 14, 2012 at 4:11 am

    I might say ditto to Marilyn’s comment….gotta love apple pie!

  • Reply Aurelia Laurel Baker August 14, 2012 at 4:55 am

    Taking classes at Drexel with my favorite Sigma sister and best friend in the world!

  • Reply Aurelia Laurel Baker August 14, 2012 at 5:01 am

    I tweeted! https://twitter.com/AureliaLaurel

  • Reply Anne August 14, 2012 at 5:05 am

    I can’t wait to pull out the scarves, knee-high socks, and tall boots!

  • Reply Radmila Ustych August 14, 2012 at 7:04 am

    hi, thanks for the great giveaway! This fall, i am looking forward to the birth of my second child – the son, and I do need some new outfit to celebrate! THanks, Radmila, rada76@Mail.ru

  • Reply Radmila Ustych August 14, 2012 at 7:06 am

    and i also tweeted
    https://twitter.com/radmilamilamila/status/235270946888495104
    thanks, Radmila, rada76@Mail.ru

  • Reply Danielle August 14, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Happy Three Years! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog for the last 1.5. It is so strange to think of fall right now, but I look forward to the cooler weather, beautiful foliage, and the fall-themed desserts.

  • Reply Kristel August 14, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I am looking forward to lots and lots of fresh apples. I love going to the orchard to pick in the fall.

  • Reply Hailee August 14, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    As much as I LOVE summmer, I cant wait for fall and a regular schedule again!

  • Reply Jess August 14, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    After working for several years, I am looking forward to being a student again!

  • Reply Lindsay August 14, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I’m looking forward the most to getting married this fall! Plus eating all things pumpkin…ALMOST equal excitement πŸ™‚

  • Reply Lindsay August 14, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I tweeted about the giveaway! @pinktoes218

  • Reply Ashley August 14, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I am most looking forward to warm dinners and wearing sweaters!

  • Reply Tiffany August 14, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I am looking forward to going back to school!

  • Reply Laura Wifler August 14, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Boots and Pumpkin Spice Lattes! Happy Birthday and congratulations on three years of blogging! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply Kelsey August 14, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I am looking forward to the cooler weather! This summer has been way too HOT!

  • Reply Michelle August 14, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    I can’t wait to go apple picking with my family!!

  • Reply tara August 14, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    i’m looking forward to cooler weather and my youngest sister moving to town for college!

  • Reply Michelle August 14, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I tweeted about the giveaway:
    https://twitter.com/ShellyBells1

  • Reply Stacey August 14, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Happy birthday, E&C! Sending you birthday love from Boston! I’m most looking forward to going pumpkin picking with my 9 month old son this Fall. Bright orange pumpkins are the best background for baby photo shoots!

  • Reply Christina August 14, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    I’m SO excited for fall to wear sweaters. I finally live in a climate that’s cold enough to wear them. Hooray!

  • Reply Cindy @ The Flipping Couple August 14, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Fall is my absolute favorite season! I’m looking forward to hoodies, thick sweaters, boots and our annual trip to Boston.

  • Reply Jessica L. August 14, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    I’m definitely excited about cooler weather! And all the fall food πŸ™‚

  • Reply Adrienne August 14, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I absolutely love fall! This is my senior year at Ohio State and my roommates and I created a fall bucket list! I’m most looking forward to football season, apple picking, carving pumpkins, and fall drinks from Starbucks πŸ™‚

  • Reply jjohnston August 14, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Iowa football! And, layering clothes and boots!

  • Reply Abbie Brown August 14, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Looking forward to cooler morning runs!!

  • Reply Emily N August 14, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    I am looking forward to all things pumpkin!!

  • Reply Stephanie August 14, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I can’t wait for an apple picking trip in Connecticut this fall πŸ™‚

  • Reply Meg Shamburger August 14, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    I can’t wait to get married! We are getting married at the end of September and its sneaking up really fast!

    Additionally I’m excited about all things pumpkin- bread, coffee, beer, cookies, cake…you get the picture!

  • Reply Janelle August 14, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Running in cooler temps and layering outfits!

  • Reply Marisa August 14, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I’m looking forward to everything! The change in weather, the leafs, wearing my boots, spiked apple cider, pumpkins and using my oven again!

  • Reply Nadeanne August 14, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I look forward to cooler weather, boots, and my parents coming to visit me πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kayleigh August 14, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Hey – the coffee cake looks great. And I’m looking forward to wearing scarves, the change in the leaves, and…. drinking hot chocolate in front of a fire.

  • Reply Laura Nielsen August 14, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    I am so excited for hot apple cider and cooking with pumpkins!

  • Reply Sharon Robertson August 14, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    What I’m most looking forward to this fall is . . . sweaters!

  • Reply Jennifer August 14, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    I can’t wait to go apple and pumpkin picking in Door County! Love that you enjoyed it there so much, Madison!

  • Reply Marie M August 14, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    I’m looking forward to apple season!

  • Reply Lindsey Daniels August 14, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    I’m looking forward to college football, pumpkin patches, cooler weather, and sweaters & boots πŸ™‚

  • Reply Rebecca August 14, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    I am looking forward to apple cider and apple cider donuts and pumpkin pie and cooler weather to run in.

  • Reply Maggie G. August 14, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I’m most looking forward to fall baking – especially with pumpkin! Happy blog-anniversary, and thanks for the chance to win – I LOVE JCrew!

  • Reply Adrienne August 14, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    new painter tees!…and of course fall decorating πŸ™‚

  • Reply Faith J. August 14, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Happy Blog Birthday! This fall i am looking forward to Halloween, wearing suede boots, and getting cosy with my husband. Count me in for the giveaway!

  • Reply Gail Kuroda August 14, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    the changing fall colors
    gkuroda(at)gmail(d0t)com

  • Reply ashley August 14, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Apples, apple cider and apple doughnuts!

  • Reply Brittani August 14, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    I love everything about fall! Football, pumpkins, apples, bonfires!

  • Reply Brittani August 14, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    I also tweeted the giveaway @britsargent

  • Reply JennyV August 14, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Pumpkin – pumpkin – and more pumpkin!

    That coffee cake looks great!

  • Reply Caitlin Murphy August 14, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    I can’t wait for fall it is my favorite season! I love the changin of the leaves and everything pumpkin. Even the smell in the air changes. Love.

  • Reply Angela Ten Clay August 14, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Most looking forward to?! Hawkeye football!

  • Reply Caitlin Murphy August 14, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Just tweeted the giveaway! https://twitter.com/CaitlinJMurphy

  • Reply ShannonLC August 14, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Such a great give away! I just purchased my first dress from there and I’m not so patiently waiting for it to arrive. πŸ™‚ I love everything fall, but I really can’t wait for football to start!!

  • Reply ShannonLC August 14, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    I tweeted this too!

  • Reply Angela Ten Clay August 14, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Tweet is done!

  • Reply Barbara Aucoin August 15, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Looking forward to the cooler weather and a trip to NYC

  • Reply Rachel Buckingham August 15, 2012 at 4:26 am

    I’m most looking forward to weekend afternoons spent curled up in a chair, wrapped in a cozy blanket reading with a cup of spiced apple cider or delicious coffee.

  • Reply Rachel Buckingham August 15, 2012 at 4:26 am

    Also tweeted about your awesome giveaway!

  • Reply Nushechka August 15, 2012 at 6:41 am

    i’m looking forward to cooler weather

  • Reply Nushechka August 15, 2012 at 6:42 am

    tweet-
    https://twitter.com/AnnaKulu1/status/235627265218719744

  • Reply Spenser August 15, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I’m looking forward to the arrival of my little girl in November!

  • Reply Nichole August 15, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Football, of course! I love to watch college and NFL football. I know you are a Gator so I thank you from the bottom of my heart for Urban Meyer. The “Urban Renewal” in Columbus, Ohio is going to be amazing. I am finally looking forward to Ohio State Football again!

  • Reply Ivy August 15, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    My favorite thing about fall? Watching ISU football games and cruising through campus. But now that I have a wedding to plan for next summer, I’m rather excited to continue working on that.

  • Reply Ivy August 15, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    I also tweeted about the giveaway! My handle is ivythepoison. Thanks!

  • Reply Moira August 15, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    I am looking forward to the cool weather, Halloween, changing colors, and new TV shows!!!

  • Reply Amy J August 15, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Happy Blog Birthday! We are moving this weekend, so I am looking forward to many new adventures this fall! Also, my little girl is starting Kindergarten and my son will be in preschool, so that’ll be a fun time! Look forward to taking them to apple orchards, pumpkin patches, and bonfires wearing sweatshirts πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kaylie August 15, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    I am looking forward to making apple pies and turnovers with fresh picked apples!

  • Reply erin August 15, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    the arrival of baby #2 in november! could use some new clothes after that!

  • Reply Deb Vander Weide August 15, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    I am looking forward to the trees turning beautiful colors!!

  • Reply Sonya Jaswal August 16, 2012 at 2:28 am

    As weird as it sounds, I’m looking forward to going back to school!

  • Reply Brittany Adams August 16, 2012 at 2:44 am

    I am looking forward to coffee on the porch wearing my cardigans (maybe a j. crew cardigan!) over my pajamas! I also love colors of fall and can’t wait to take family picks with lots of leaves!

  • Reply Brittany Adams August 16, 2012 at 2:48 am

    brittanyadams
    ‏@2baadams

    I hope I win the $100 J. Crew giveway! #happybirthdayespressoandcream

  • Reply Claire August 16, 2012 at 6:30 am

    Im looking forward to layering clothing & pumpkin based foods, yum πŸ™‚

  • Reply Naina August 16, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    I’m looking forward to hot chocolate, fall colors and setting up our new place with my fiance! happy blog birthday πŸ™‚

  • Reply Missy August 16, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    I am looking forward to watching my 11 year old son play football!!

  • Reply Erika August 16, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    I’m looking forward to the beautiful weather, the leaves turning fall colors, and my 2 year wedding anniversary in October!

  • Reply Elizabeth F August 16, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    I’m looking forward to crisp, cool days, bright blue October skies, and curling up on the couch in a thick wool cardigan with a bowl of hot soup.

  • Reply Danielle K. August 16, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    I’m looking forward to celebrating my husband’s and my first autumn and hiking adventures together. We can’t wait for the colored sky of orange, red and some great football! SEC here we come! Plus getting to enjoy a cup of coffee in a cool crisp morning with the cutest nephew ever!

  • Reply Dulce Kersting August 16, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    I’m looking forward to Pumpkin Spice lattes and cozy cardigans. And autumn recipes from Espresso and Cream!

  • Reply grace August 16, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    your cake rocks! that streusel topping is so tempting. my favorite part about fall is the sudden appearance of apples and cinnamon in everything!

  • Reply Karlie August 16, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    i’m looking forward to jeans and sweatshirts by the backyard bonfire. and my first fall as a married woman with my sweet husband. i’m also excited for fall decorating.

  • Reply Karlie August 16, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    just tweeted about you being the best blogger ever. thank you for being awesome πŸ™‚

  • Reply Abby Mansour August 17, 2012 at 2:50 am

    Pumpkin everything, crisp fall air, apple orchard dates with my dear husband, chunky sweaters, the leaves in their burnt orange, red and yellow glory…and the list goes on. Thank you for the recipe! I just made coffee cake this past week and can’t wait to try out your recipe next time. : )

  • Reply Hannah August 17, 2012 at 7:44 am

    I’m looking forward to wearing khaki jackets!! I hope i win this giveaway!
    By the way, thanks for the recipe!

    http://wtfwhatthefashion.blogspot.com

    yoonielove@gmail.com

  • Reply Guest August 18, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    looking forward to: being back in the classroom

  • Reply Bnschwinden August 18, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Pumpkin spice lattes. I’m soo ready for them again

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